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An adventure cruise-ship in the southern hemisphere carrying a full-time helicopter exploring multiple countries including Australia, Papua New Guinea and Indonesia. With endless activities join True North for the adventure of a lifetime!

Life on-board the TRUE NORTH is certainly comfortable and stylish. The high crew to guest ratio (22:36) enables us to provide personal service and attention to detail. The ship offers 3 levels of spacious cabin and we enjoy a revered reputation for dining. And we have been doing this a long time - all the bits and pieces are exactly where they should be and certainly our guests do fall in love with the TRUE NORTH – they very quickly determine that she is purpose built for what she does and that they could not be doing what they are doing and, seeing what they are seeing if they were not on the TRUE NORTH; but she is, with equal certainty, not the focus of what we do!

But we are not finished there – we are also carrying 6 x adventure boats – which means we can take our guests away in small groups to explore even further afield and, the luxury of so many boats also means that if someone wants to go fishing, not everybody has to go fishing, we can offer different activities at the same time.


And, the TRUE NORTH is also the only adventure-cruise ship in the southern hemisphere that carries a fulltime helicopter – adding another dimension to the adventure!

Explorer Class Stateroom

Upper deck Explorer Class air conditioned cabins feature a king size double (that can be converted to singles) and a twin basin en-suite. Cabin size is 15 square metres.

  • Upper Deck
  • King Size Double or Twin
  • En-suite
  • Large Panoramic Window
  • Fridge
  • In-cabin entertainment
  • Satellite Phone

Ocean Class Twin

Lower deck air conditioned Ocean Class cabins feature roomy singles and en-suite. Cabin size is approximately 12 square metres.

  • Single twin beds
  • Portholes
  • In-cabin entertainment
  • Satellite Telephone
  • Air Conditioning
  • En-suite

River Class Double

Middle deck River Class air conditioned cabins feature a king size double (that can be converted to singles) and en-suite. Cabin size is similar to Explorer Class.

  • Air conditioning
  • En-suite
  • King size double or Twin
  • Middle deck
  • Panoramic windows
  • In-cabin entertainment
  • Satellite Telephone

Route Options

Coral Atoll Cruise (5 nights) ROWLEY SHOALS – BROOME

Your "welcome aboard" the luxurious TRUE NORTH is in the frontier pearling port of Broome. Embarkation is at 1700 - time for a cocktail with your fellow adventurers before departing at approximately 1800. Dinner is served shortly after leaving port and then it’s an overnight steam to the Rowley Shoals.
(Please note that True North Adventure Cruises visits the Rowley Shoals only during the months of September, October and November. These months are normally associated with "the doldrums" - a period of light winds and calm seas. In addition, the TRUE NORTH is fitted with computer controlled motion stabilisers that minimise vessel movement. Passengers can therefore anticipate comfortable conditions when cruising to the Shoals - however observing the normal precautions associated with the prevention of seasickness is always recommended.)

Day One - We arrive early at Clerke Reef. Sample our fruit platter and a sumptuous breakfast before exploring the atoll's huge lagoon. You will marvel at crystal clear waters teaming with life - clouds of fish and corals of every imaginable colour and shape. There will be plenty of opportunity for beach combing on Bedwell Island, relaxed snorkelling in tropical waist deep water or perhaps some "catch and release" lagoon fishing using eco-friendly tackle. Day Two - Start the day with a visit to the Aquarium! Forget the Great Barrier Reef - this is world-class snorkelling at its very best! Even if you’ve never put your head under water before - this is an absolute must. The water is only waist deep however the experience is literally “out of this world”! Brilliantly coloured corals, giant clams and more than 600 of the world’s most beautiful fish species at your fingertips! Don’t forget your underwater camera! After another sumptuous lunch try an introductory SCUBA dive or hand feed maori wrasse and potato cod from TRUE NORTH’s back steps! Then we’ll "crank up the action" with something very unique - high-speed snorkel drifts through the outer reef!

Day Three - Another day in paradise - perhaps an early morning swim and breakfast on the deck before we manoeuvre TRUE NORTH out of the lagoon. Now it’s time to experience the thrill of snorkelling from a 50 metre cruise boat - our captain will “back-up” to within inches of the reef and all you need to do is step off TRUE NORTH’s convenient rear steps! Outer reef snorkelling is a totally different experience - the sheer coral walls will take your breath away! Close encounters with humpback whales, manta rays and sailfish are also on the agenda as we cruise the outer reef. Finish the day with sunset drinks on the beach and one of our famous Island Parties! Then it’s back to the ultimate comfort of TRUE NORTH and another perfect night in Clerke Lagoon - 360° stars reflected in a glassy ocean!

Day Four - Start the day with an early morning stroll on your very own sand cay before we enjoy a leisurely cruise to Mermaid Reef - the Rowley’s northern-most atoll. By now you will be addicted to snorkelling on the outer reef and your wish is our command! We’ll spend the day exploring the outer reef of this remote and untouched wilderness - highlights will include face to face encounters with the curious residents of the Cod Hole and, the mesmerising depths of the Northern Wall. Then all too soon, it’s time for our overnight steam to Broome. Re-live what is guaranteed to be an experience of a lifetime as the Rowleys merge into a blazing western sky! Join the crew at the Captain’s Party and then enjoy “the best sleep of your life”.

Day Five - Early morning arrival in Broome in time to disembark at 0800 hours. Transfer to the airport or your accommodation.

Sydney Rocks – New Year Spectacular (4 nights)
SYDNEY – HAWKESBURY – SYDNEY

Day One (New Year's Eve)
Visit Sydney’s famed Taronga Zoo or take-off in the helicopter for a scenic flight over the harbour. The adventure-boats will tour past Bradleys Head, Mrs Macquarie’s Chair, Kirribilli House and onto Woolloomooloo. Hop-off to walk through the Botanical Gardens before taking-in the sights at Rushcutters Bay and Elizabeth Bay.

Cruise onto Rose Bay and take a stroll up to The Gap and the Hornsby Lighthouse. Then return to the TRUE NORTH and one of Sydney’s best vantages to witness the Harbour Bridge fireworks display – Happy New Year!

Day Two - Enjoy breakfast in the beautiful surrounds of Pittwater. Morning activities will include a walk to the Barrenjoey Lighthouse, perhaps a little beachcombing and, a scenic cruise past the Pittwater yacht clubs before the TRUE NORTH enters the tranquil waters of the Hawkesbury River. There may also be a chance to walk from Longnose Point to Flint and Steel Bay through the Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park – Australia’s second oldest national park.
A helicopter flight to the Hunter Valley and a wine tasting at our feature winery is sure to be a cruise highlight!

Day Three - Wake up to the shrill of the Jerusalem Bay cicadas and then join our local guide as we explore beautiful Cowen Creek. Stand in the very spot the Constitution of Australia was written and see the rock art of those who came before! Enjoy a refreshing swim at one of the Creek’s many sheltered beaches and rinse-off under a waterfall!
Whilst you are enjoying lunch, the TRUE NORTH will cruise to Middle Harbour before slipping through the narrow channel at Split Bridge and into delightful Bantry Bay. As the sun starts to set over mangrove-lined waters, join an infamous TRUE NORTH ‘raft-up’ and then it’s back on-board for another cruise highlight – dance the night away with our live band!

Day Four - The TRUE NORTH will cruise back into Sydney Harbour for an early morning disembarkation.

Vessel Details

Year Built / Refurbished 2005
Length & Width 50m
Speed 14 knots
Dive Tenders & Zodiacs 6 (3x150hp + 3 x 115hp)
Equipment Rental Dive and activity equipment
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Available Experiences

ITINERARIES AVAILABLE IN THIS DESTINATION

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Cod Hole

Queensland, Australia

The Cod Hole is famous for its huge potato cods; they grow up to 3 meters. Here you can enjoy watching your dive master feeding the cods with fresh pilchards in front of your face! If feeding fish is not your favourite activity watch the whole spectacle from some distance. Here divers can also see how some big fish like barracudas are standing by in the back to wait for left over of the feeding. There are also beautiful coral and large schools of the beautiful yellow sweet lip fish.

  • Min Dives: 4
  • Dive Type: Boat Dive
  • Diver Level: Open Water Diver
  • Max Depth: 17m
Dates Duration Route Room Type Price
30 Dec 2020
3 Jan 2021
4 Nights Sydney Rocks – New Year Spectacular (4 nights) Explorer Class Stateroom £4797
30 Dec 2020
3 Jan 2021
4 Nights Sydney Rocks – New Year Spectacular (4 nights) River Class Double £4797
30 Dec 2020
3 Jan 2021
4 Nights Sydney Rocks – New Year Spectacular (4 nights) Ocean Class Twin £4797